Submitted by: Yuri Klitsenko
"Crow Day" is rather important female feast in Khanty-Mansi tradition. Crow brings God's gift of menstruation to young ladies and blesses human children. Meanwhile seagull is laughing at humans: "Let human babies die! Let human babies die!"
In Evenki tradition small bird asks Evenki family: "Have your children already died? Have your children already died?" Small bird's question is known to Evenki writer Keptuke:
"Chiu-chiu, chiu chu" the bird sang again. "Chuveki bicha, chiu chi-cha" she then added: "Chuvecki is dead." And that was true too. Barbara knew that Chuvecki had died. But she was amazed at what the bird said next.
"Chiu-cha, ni chepeche?"
Puzzled, Barbara looked at Tanya. Who could have drowned? For the bird had asked who had drowned. The bird repeated the question again and again.
"Chiu-cha, chiu-cha!" the bird chirped. "Ni chepecha? Ni chepecha?" Then it flew away.
"What's that got to do with us?" Barbara said. "Chiu-cha, chiu-cha!" she repeated. "Who drowned? Who drowned?" She got up to go.
Then she thought she heard the question again—Who drowned? Who drowned?—and she knew there must be a reason why the bird had asked ...
[Ed. Note] These are the kinds of folklore and myths that foster the scapegoating of birds and other animals, when in fact, they are innocent of what they are being accused of.